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kitchen news! A demo is in the works

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We have big kitchen news! Do you ever say to yourself, this summer will be full of R&R? I say that at the beginning of the every summer and for some reason, the summer always takes on its own path and it goes by in a blink of an eye. We started thinking about renovating our kitchen last year around this time but the timing just wasn’t right. Although, there really is no good time to demo and completely destroy your kitchen BUT we were approached with a super sweet deal to partner with MasterBrand Cabinetry and we decided to move forward with the renovation. We are thrilled to be working with MasterBrand and their Diamond Cabinetry line! Wait until you see these gorgeous cabinets and all the fun inside cabinetry storage options.

Our existing kitchen is the original kitchen from when the house was built the 1960’s. About 5 years ago, my parents had the dark stained cabinets painted white to freshen it up and update the space a bit. Some of you may remember that the kitchen makeover was featured in Woman’s Day Magazine 2 years ago.

Big Kitchen News starts now!

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Here is the kitchen now. With some paint and a blue backsplash that I installed myself, we were able to take dark outdated cabinets and make them look fresh and modern. When painting cabinets though, you have to remember that the paint chips over time and will need to be re-painted. That is the stage we are at right now. I am so thankful that I will NOT be repainting these. There is nothing wrong with the existing cabinets but they are staring to show signs of aging, chipped paint and the layout is not conducive to a large family. We plan on ripping out a wall which will add an additional 250 square feet to the kitchen and building a huge center island to tie the two rooms together.

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Here is the kitchen 5 years ago before we painted the cabinets white.

Kitchen News: Demo day starts today

We will be tearing down the wall where the refrigerator is as mentioned earlier and opening up the existing kitchen into the adjoining multipurpose mudroom.  Oh my, what a mess we are going to have!

Kitchen News: Demo day starts today

Here is what our weekend looked like.

Kitchen News: Demo day starts today


Yes, emptying all the cabinets was a total pain in the butt but I must say, I was thrilled to get rid of stuff that had expired 2 years ago! Stay tuned, more kitchen news next week. This entire process will be a series of posts over the next few weeks. Wish us luck, my grandfather is already disgusted because his car is parked outside so the new cabinets have a home until they are mounted to the wall. I don’t know about that man sometimes ;).

UPDATE: You can see more of this space here:

Kitchen Series Posts:

Kitchen Before

Delivery of Cabinets

Ripping out old Cabinets

How to choose kitchen cabinets

Installing the hood vent

Installing the new cabinets

Kitchen Reveal {before & after}

Kitchen Barn Doors

Christmas Kitchen 2015

Kitchen Mudroom wall

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by MasterBrand and Diamond Cabinets. All opinions and words are 100% my own.


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What started as a hobby, Jessica’s blog now has millions of people visit yearly and while many of the projects and posts look and sound perfect, life hasn’t always been easy. Read Jessica’s story and how overcoming death, divorce and dementia was one of her biggest life lessons to date.


  1. My husband and I were just talking about making over our kitchen. I think we are finally going to paint the cabinets and replace the hardware this fall.

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